It’s been a couple weeks since I left my heart in Austin.
I have Hunter Fan Company to thank for that! It seriously was a dream.
Hunter Fan Company introduced myself and a crew of fabulous interior lovers to all the design inspo we could take in.
From left to right: Kirsten from Simpy Grove, Erin from Apartment 34, Aly from The Downtown Aly, yours truly, Erica from Honestly WTF, Erin from Cotton Stem, Nina and Cecilia, Holly from Our Faux Farmhouse
And then the food and sights? Oh lawd. My tummy was full every day and my eyes couldnt stop taking in all the beautiful views.
Hunter Fan Company
First, I would love to introduce you to Hunter Fan Company, if you haven’t heard of them already.
They have been around for over 130 years producing beautiful yet efficient and quiet fans for both homes and commercial.
I had the pleasure of getting to know the designer Patrick O’Connell and team in Austin.
It truly was remarkable to learn what thought and technical considerations needed to produce a well working fan. Of course aesthetically pleasing too!
What better way to learn and see Hunter’s great collection than in real life.
The tour had all the Southern Charm my design heart could soak in!
Southern Living Magazine Idea House
I am so excited to share the tour of this incredible home.
The first floor was filled with a great open concept living space.
Wherever I walked, every nook and corner was filled effortlessly with style and function.
What I loved were the colors and layers of textures that were not always formally “Southern” design.
There were vintage Dhurrie layered rugs and tribal art on the walls.
Talk about a variety of eclectic accents yet stream lined into a whole concept that worked.
When I saw the cutest pink bathroom door, I died.
Someday, in a client design or my home, I am incorporating this door!!
The master bathroom was quintessential Southern charm.
I thought about doing a separate blog post on this home tour.
There are so many more goodies to show you!
The Hunter fans really helped the space stay cool. Kid you not, the minute they turned off the fans, we were all dying!
The humidity that day was 85% and of course it was 93 degrees. Some say that wasn’t hot for Texas.
Whew, I certainly thought it was hot enough!
Austin City Limits
By now, everyone knows Austin’s hipster vibes.
SXSW certainly has put this city on the map.
I was elated when Hunter Fan Co. invited me. It was my first trip as a working mom too.
I missed my kids but we were kept so busy I barely had time to miss them too much.
Thankfully FaceTiming them every night was helpful.
Hands down besides the design inspo, the food is the most memorable for me.
Meal after meal, my taste buds were exploding with all the wonderful eats Austin has to offer.
From the Austin Food truck tour with the one and only Ali Khan (think Food Network’s Cheap Eats) to meals at the Odd Duck, I was stuffed to the gills with artisanal food.
These blue corn tortilla were handmade and I can’t describe how wonderful these were.
They used some kind of magical mesa in the tortillas that literally melted in your mouth.
I would go back to Austin just for these tacos!
The Coolest Hotel Ever
And you might be wondering where I stayed in Austin?
Ok, let me just say that I will 100% be coming back to this swanky little hotel.
It completely grabbed my heart the minute I stepped foot into the lobby.
This hotel made me so happy!
Due to the intense heat outside, every time I entered or exited the lobby, I took a big gulp of agua from this cute little water station.
The hotel shoppe was the cutest ever! It displayed all the goodies I would want! Very similar to what the General Store in Venice would carry.
And of course you want to see the room I stayed in. So here it is in all its grand splendor.
I seriously could have stayed in my room all day and night. The bed was sooooo comfy and I watched Bravo Channel’s Southern Charm episodes to my heart’s content!
The pool called my name every day and their slushy lemonade gin and tonic was to die for!
My mid century heart’s dream.
Right in the hotel is the cutest cafe. Cafe Nosé is a true gem.
The blue lagoon hexagon tiles paired with rustic wood floors just worked.
So obsessed to do this for my kitchen one day!
Naturally I have to give a nod to the incredible artists in Austin. After all this is the mecca of local artists in Texas.
We were given a tour to the Blanton Museum and it was so interesting to explore art here.
Image Credit: Blanton Museum
Image Credit: Medium.com
Best work trip ever!
Have you been to Austin? If not, please put that at your top of list. You will not regret visiting!
A big thank you to Hunter Fan Company for flying me out to visit.
It definitely has made me a fan! (Yes, I just typed that.)
I am very excited to incorporate their fans into my designs. Nearly every home I am commissioned with need fans.
So this will definitely be a very organic part of my work.
What room do you think you need a fan in?
Here is a mood board Hunter Fan Co. had all of us make with one of their fans.
The one you see above is coming in for the girls’ bedroom makeover. Can’t wait to show you after it is installed!